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Warren Smith & Partners golf day

Friday, November 17th, 2017

The second annual Warren Smith & Partners golf day took place at Pennant Hills Golf Club on Tuesday 24th of October. Glorious weather greeted the teams that participated, with the course in immaculate condition. 39 players partook in the annual event with 30 guests and 9 staff attending. The golf day was an extremely valuable experience and allowed us to spend some down time with clients and consultants that we normally only see in the work environment.

Congratulations to the prize winners and thank you to our guests for joining us, we hope to see you again next year!

Water Wizards vs. Yahoo7

Friday, February 17th, 2017

Game 10 Report | By Nick Watts | 8 February 2017

Sitting with equal points on the ladder and only a handful of goals to separate each team it was a crucial fixture for both sides going into the game. The tension was palpable and Yahoo7 were the first to feel the keen sting of that pressure early on in the piece when they were a touch unlucky in putting the ball into their own net off a well-hit cross from John Chaumont.

Rattled from the own goal the opposition defence were again caught off-guard when Jonathan Mousdell charged into the box. Using some clever footwork and a strong boot he found the back of the net to put the Water Wizards two up. It seemed the win was inevitable as the Yahoo7 goal posts were continually rocked and the keeper tested by Laura Shaugnessy who never let them take a breath all game.

Yahoo7 certainly knew it was all or nothing and even brought the keeper out of goals to assist in the field. The tactic paid off. Even with some strong keeping from Michael Cahalane to knock away at least a dozen shots Yahoo7 were able to equalise before the break.

With the second half underway it was clear that if there was going to be a winner to this game something extra would be required. It would be the Water Wizards to produce the special moment when Chris Augostin, although surrounded by opposition players, managed to pull off a brilliant penetrating pass that found Nicole in space and one-on-one with the keeper. With a cool head Nicole slotted the ball past the keeper to once again put the Water Wizards ahead.

The game was not without some controversy. Jonathon decided to employ a few extra limbs and was pulled up for handball. A second handball would earn him a red card and an early trip to the showers. Down a player for the final minutes of the game the Water Wizards kept pushing and were able to hold out for the victory.

This week’s fixture presents the Water Wizards with a chance to close the gap on second placed LEAPsters. After last week’s win the Water Wizards are now only six points away out of first place and with the top spot in their sights will be working even harder to improve their title chances.

Water Wizards vs Best and Flarest Photos

Friday, February 17th, 2017

Game 9 Report – In Pictures | By Nicole Meo | January 23, 2017

Nick’s famous fancy footwork

Contortionist legs make for excellent sideline kicks

Laura’s “Get Out of My Way!” manoeuvre

The beginning moment of the infamous “Jonny-Sprints-Down-the-Pitch-in-3-Strides-Leaving-Everyone-in-His-Dust”

Chris playing some excellent football whilst simultaneously doing the Elaine Dance from Seinfeld

Team Bowling Night

Friday, February 17th, 2017

The Hydraulics drafting team went Tenpin bowling on November 16, 2016, and we can say that bowling was definitely the winner on the day. From all accounts everyone enjoyed themselves. Secrets & pins were spilled. One secret that can be divulged here is Rocky was in a under 5 semi-professional left handed amateur one-pin bowling league in China. But was disqualified for being found to be 23 at the time and right handed.
Rocky’s experience in the one pin league put him good stead in the early frames, however when everyone had warmed up, pure luck took over from Rocky’s experience and all scores were level half way going through the first game. The quiet achievers Jane and Sonia slowly built momentum to be in the race, however equipment failure prevented them from coming home strong. In investigations after the games it was discovered that Jane and Sonia’s bowling balls were not Internationally Sanctioned bowling balls and were incorrectly weighted which forced them into the gutters. Scott came out of the gates early with blinding bowling, but the pace could not be sustained and he suffered a minor gluteus maximus strain. Roman was the dark horse, slowly building momentum to be close at the end of the first game. However when all the pins were cleared, dust settled and fashionable kicks were returned to their rightful place the clear winner was Tristan, who bowled the perfect game. No one can exactly remember the score but word on the street is it was close to 600.

Good fun was had by all, due to the credo that what “goes on at tenpin stays at tenpin” the photos below have been altered to protect the guilty. In unfortunate news Rocky has been officially fired as team photographer.

Sonia, carefully surveying the competition…

Then Calmly knocking down all the pins

Nail Biting First Game Back for Water Wizards

Friday, February 17th, 2017

Game 8 Report | By Nicole Meo | January 12, 2017

First game of the year and the Water Wizards were up against Charterhouse Medical, who currently have a comfortable lead at the top of the ladder. With that in mind the Wizards came out in sheer numbers with Nicole, Dee, Jane, Lovdeep and Libby playing for the girls and Johnny, Nick, Scott, John and Chris playing for the boys. The game started a little slowly as both teams brushed the holiday cobwebs off, but possession was quickly dominated by the Wizards as we started to make some excellent plays and get a few shots at the goal. A couple of balls were set up fantastically by Nick and John but didn’t close due to some impressive air kicks by Nicole. Luckily at around the 6 minute mark Nick pelted the ball into the net scoring the first goal of the game. Possession remained quite tight but the few shots Charterhouse Medical had could not get past John. Just before the end of the first half Scott also managed to put one past the keeper and bring the score to a confidence boosting 2-0 at half time.

For the second half, Charterhouse Medical really brought their A-game in an attempt to come back from their initial loss. They had a good deal more shots on goal and definitely quickened the pace of the game. They managed to score the first goal in this half proving they were still in it to win it. The next goal scored by John was disallowed as the ref ruled him to be within the middle half of the court, an area where the men cannot score from. Luckily Jonny managed to dribble the ball around the Charterhouse players and kick it directly into the goal post which rebounded into the goal. The game remained tense as Nick accidentally hand balled the goal while he was keeper. But the goals kept coming with another for Charterhouse. A second goal for the Wizards was disallowed as Nicole, who had fallen over, kneed the ball to John whilst on the ground who then scored only to be told that we were not allowed to play on the floor. The final goal scored by the Wizards was an excellent play in which John passed to Dee, who threw the keeper off by passing to Nicole instead of attempting to score and Nicole kicking it into the goal. Even so Charterhouse Medical kept pushing until the last second of the game to try avoid a loss. But it was not to be their day and the Wizards took out the game with a 4-3 result. After 8 games this season this was Charterhouse Medical’s first ever loss, so well done Wizards.

Also thank you Chinmay for the photos, and well done to Jane and Chris for their football debuts!

An Easy Win for our Water Wizards

Friday, February 17th, 2017

Game 7 Report | By Nicole Meo | December 15, 2016

Game seven for the Water Wizards started unexpectedly with a forfeit from the opposing team. Although this automatically means we get the win (woohoo), The Wizards were disappointed about not being able to play an actual game. Luckily the Division 2 team which played in the time slot just before us, the Bueno B Wizards, agreed to play against us in a friendly match.

From the get go, this Wizard vs. Wizard game definitely had a more magically competitive edge than a friendly one. The game started strong with some great defending from both teams and a lot of back and forth possession of the ball. The Water Wizards struck early to bring the score up to 1-0 but were quickly dominated by the Bueno B Wizards as they scored 2 goals in quick succession. Nonetheless there were a plethora of shots had by both teams and some excellent team saves, keeping the game very exciting. Unfortunately, this game saw more injuries sustained than usual. In an attempt to clear the ball from our goal post, Nick managed the lob the ball straight into the only B Wizards player wearing glasses, sending him off the field temporarily. At some point, Laura also ran full force and head on into the female B Wizard goal keeper ramming them both into the wall. Although no-one was keeping strict time, at some halfway point the score was 4-2 to the Water Wizards, with goals scored by Nicole, Laura and Jonny.

The “second half” saw the addition of our usual ref and another member of the KGV staff as players in the game. With these two additions, the standard of playing skill increased greatly. We were able to see some very fancy footwork from both the ref and his colleague. Both Grahame and John had their turn as keeper and managed to keep most of the shots out of goal with some nail biting near misses. However, the injuries kept up as the aforementioned B Wizards player was struck in the face by the ball yet again by John this time. Nicole managed to score another goal, but at the expense of the female keeper (again), who was left with a battered knee and winded as Nicole and a B Wizards player simultaneously tackled the ball at her feet. The Water Wizards had some excellent defending by all players in the team which allowed us to pull off a final 7-4 win. It was a fun, although injury prone, game and the Water Wizards were very appreciative to even have a game at all.

Water Wizards Victory

Friday, February 17th, 2017

Game 5 Report | By Nicole Meo | November 29, 2016

Game 5 for the Water Wizards saw 7 of our players enter the pitch for what was to be a stinking hot and extremely sweaty 26 minute game. The first half saw some quite even possession between both teams putting the pressure on to score goals and come out on top. New comers to the team, Alison and Graham, proved to be invaluable with Alison seemingly always open and in the right position and Graham acting as a defending powerhouse not to be messed with. Two goals were scored in quick succession by Nick in the first half giving us a fantastic boost to start. Excellent keeping by John meant that minimal goals were scored against us and we remained up in the first half with a score of 3-2.

The second half proved more challenging as the heat really started to exhaust everyone. But with some fancy footwork from Manu and set ups by Rocky, John managed to score 2 more goals! All this resulting in a win with final score of 5-4.

Fourth game of the season as a decimated squad entered the theatre of dreams.

Friday, February 17th, 2017

Game 4 Report | By Nicole Meo | November 14, 2016

Tough game for the Water Wizards this week as we lost to a better team on the day. The cause wasn’t helped with a few late dropouts. Benito Wise grounded our goal merchant, Jonathan Mousdell and confiscated his boots in an act of treason that is being referred to by a Royal Commission. Young Nick Watts , after spending $5m on his latest investment property, decided his limbs were too expensive to be exposed to the dangers of association football and penciled in a site inspection to clash with the game. The dodgy keeper, Michael Cahalane, decided to opt out due to a pitiful excuse of a big golf game this weekend. Last week’s newbee, Daniel Power, produced a sick note stating pregnancy anxiety as an excuse for dropping out and Deandra Lewin was last seen hiding under the desk hoping she wouldn’t get a call up. Even our decorated coach, Mark Price, took last week’s defeat so badly that he has yet to get out of bed such is the guilt of some of the decisions he made to lose us the game.

Well enough of the sob stories and on with the champions that turned out on the day. Yes we’re talking about John, Laura, Scott, Manu, Nicole and Libs who battled through high temperatures to put on a great performance and do the company proud.

A tough battle was had but a slow start resulted in an early goal been conceded. The absence of the decorated coach was impacting when the fitness fanatic, Scott Finucane, was stuck in goal for most of the game. His lung bursting box to box runs were sadly missed but he did make a few great saves between the sticks.

Down 2-0 at half time resulted in a stern reprimand from Captain John Chaumont at half time. The ‘hair-dryer’ treatment had a great impact in the 2nd half and resulted in a cracker of a goal from the Galway Rocket, Laura Shaughnessy to give us a glimpse of hope. Manu put in a great effort with some Messi style dribbling and John Chaumont was a tower of strength all over the field and very unlucky not to be rewarded with a goal. Unfortunately after a promising opening, injury restricted Libby to a limited impact which resulted in the two warriors, Laura Shaughnessy and Nicole Meo, playing full games and as always leaving everything out on the field.

Thanks to all of the supporters that came along including Grahame Barnes, Michael Cahalane, Ava Heintze, Paul Sarza, Preneshin Govender and Jack Wang. Back on the wagon next week and let’s get a win.

Water Wizards Face a Tough Opponent

Friday, February 17th, 2017

Game 3 Report | By John Chamount | November 8, 2016

The Water Wizards were on the receiving end of a tough loss last Thursday, as they faced a tough opponent in Charterhouse Medical under some hot and humid conditions. It was clear from the get-go that we were up against an aggressive team with both the male and female opposition looking like very experienced players. Charterhouse medical came out in attack mode, moving the ball very well and playing very physically to start the game which resulted in two early goals. The Water Wizards did a great job of playing from behind, keeping their composure and making good ball movement which was highlighted by Libby Higham, who made a pinpoint pass ahead of the field to Jonathan Mousdell for a goal, putting us back into the mix.

Another goal by the opposition saw us back into a 2-goal deficit before Rocky Guo moved the ball ahead to Nicole Meo, who made a great run and slotted one past the man mountain of a keeper, putting us at a 3-2 deficit to close out the half.

The second half had plenty of near misses, with the Water Wizards unlucky with capitalizing on great passes and close chances. Unfortunately, the same couldn’t be said for the Charterhouse medical team, who kept up with the aggression and physicality, pouring 3 more goals in on our hard-working keepers, Michael CahalaneNick Watts and John Chaumont. The Water Wizards had a great support base for the game with lots of co-workers coming out to cheer for the team, and Mark Price did a great job coaching from the sidelines.

Overall it was a great effort from all of the team and a solid result against a much more experienced outfit. This coming Thursday, the Water Wizards are looking to move to a 2-1 record against the “Best and Flarest” at 12:00pm. As always, the Water Wizards appreciate your support and encouragement from the sidelines.


(IMAGE: Jonathan Mousdell cheerily putting one into the back of the net to bring the score to 2-1 )

Water Wizards Annihilation

Thursday, February 16th, 2017

Game 2 Report | By Nicole Meo | November 1, 2016

Last Thursday, Warren’s Water Wizards undertook their second game at the King George V Recreation Centre. The team in one short week had expanded to include an additional 4 girls, all willing to give it a go without any prior football experience; and as usual we had a great cheer squad sitting on the sidelines ready to shout out words of praise or profanities.

The Water Wizards started the game with good possession of the ball and some great passing skills between the team. The opposing team were putting up a good fight and managed to have a few great attempts on the goal. Only one slipped past our strong goalies, John and Jonathan, who were not afraid to take a few hits. Our attacking skills were then brought to the foreground after FOUR goals were scored in the first half by Jonathan assisted by some excellent plays made by the whole team. An amazing first half.

The second half saw more of the girls give it a go for the first time and 2 more goals being scored! The first by Laura and the second concluded the game with a great set up by Rocky which allowed Scott to make the perfect finish. One of the opposition players was also injured leaving their team one man down for a few minutes giving us ample possession time.

All in all an exciting and nail biting game. Well done Wizards!